David Dabbon has been considered one of the country's best, motivational and supportive Teachers in the arts. Specifically working to help performers reach their full potential.
David Dabbon has been giving masterclasses around the country and world to College and High School programs. Helping students and professionals build confidence through audition prep and song performance.
Masterclass at the BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER in CHARLOTTE, N.C.
Masterclass at ED5 in Sydney, Australia
"David is an incredible coach- his positive and supportive energy, hand in hand with his vast amount of musical knowledge and honesty has helped guide me to new levels. He knows how to talk to actor/singers and how to get the best work out of you. David has helped me book jobs by giving me the confidence to go in there and know exactly what I'm doing musically as well as acting-wise. I would recommend coaching with him to anyone- he's amazing! The real deal.”
- Marissa McGowan, Actress/Singer (BROADWAY: Les Miserables, Bonnie and Clyde, A Little Night Music)
"David is a rare breed of artist: one who works to elevate his collaborators and students to further themselves on their own terms. He has a fundamental understanding that every artist is on a unique path. As an educator, music director, and composer in his own right, David understands the creative struggle from every angle, and teaches from an understanding of his own practice. As a person, David is unfailingly compassionate and generous: you'll find not only a teacher, but a mentor and a friend who is genuinely and personally invested in realizing your potential. I can recommend David without the slightest hesitation.”
- Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Director (Drama Desk Winner and Nominee)
I went to David because he had music directed a recording that I had worked on. I had about 6 songs to work on for a concert I was doing consisting mostly of songs from the Great American Songbook. After coaching the unfamiliar material with him, I walked out feeling confident and full of new ideas on how to approach the different pieces. One particular song had me all flustered when it came to the tricky rhythms and time signature changes. Because of David's background in dance, he encouraged me to get the piece into my body (which is not always my go-to approach) and I was finally able to connect with the song. Not only did I walk out of my coachings feeling like I finally had a strong relationship with the material but I also felt so calm and focused. David has a very chill/zen-like quality about him that can't help but keep you in the same headspace.
- Sara Jean Ford, Actress/Singer (BROADWAY: A Little Night Music, Phantom Of The Opera, How To Succeed...)
Coaching with David Dabbon is like taking a fun journey to your individual gifts as a performer. He brings sensitivity to your personal needs and process and expert insight helps you tap into what is exciting about your unique artistry. I began coaching with him a couple of years ago and since then I've brought in everything from Musical Theatre audition material to original covers and improvisation on the violin. He is the ultimate coach if you are looking for that special something in your work. I feel I have a deeper connection to my unique gifts after working with him and am thoroughly confident walking into audition rooms.
-Erica Swindell Actress, Singer, Violinist (BROADWAY: Once)
“Working with David is unlike working with any other coach. He is incredibly insightful, with a highly tuned sensitivity to truth -- in acting and in life. I have found that talking through my artistic trouble spots with David has led to more clarity and energy in my work. He is a very good music teacher who understands the technical challenges in a voice, and my pieces have certainly grown under his tutelage. But his most unique gift is as a therapist-like coach for artistic intention. Figuring out your personal mission is one of the most challenging projects an actor can face, since we are so used to performing other people's words; but David recognizes how necessary this step is to being able to perform with fullness and passion. He is incredibly intuitive, and it inspires me to trust my own instinct. His focus on what I truly wanted to say as a performer, his gentle insistence that I stay true to my self and to my voice, has been as instrumental to me as singing scales.”
- Kyra Miller, Actress/Singer (Big Easy Award Winner for Best Actress 2012)